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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Moving on to greener pastures...

Literally!!...(don't get it all wrong!)..I mean, my love for gardening!! :P

As a kid, I remember, my brother and I, had few household chores to do, and I would water the plants sometimes. I would often watch my mom toil for hours in the balcony ( we had a few plants on our balcony coz we stayed in a spacious apartment, my parents still do) digging, watering, manure...the works!
I would often wonder what does she see in these plants? When there are so many people here, wanting her attention ( which basically meant her daughter!), why does she spend so much time with these plants? We would often have tomatoes, bitter gourd and other home-grown vegetables in our rasam or curry. Amma would be so excited that it is something she had grown. Now, I understand that feeling! I had written this (click on 'this' to read that post) when we had strawberries at home, when we just arrived in Pune. We brought saplings from Mahabaleshwar and when we had cut strawberries with our cereal or muesli, I had a feeling of deja vu!

I didn't realize then that as a working mom, she had so many things to do! For that matter, I didn't understand that she would need to do something for herself, that gives her happiness...other than the kids, home, husband, work and million other things.

Now, I can't imagine how people can't realize beautiful plants are....or how lovely it is to see a plant grow or a flower bloom. Often, the first thing I do, once I get up from bed, is to see if the seed that I have been watering regularly, has sprouted? half a centimeter more? a new bud? some new petals? I get really excited and drag S from the bathroom while he is brushing groggy-eyed . I ask him to figure out what is the change?...And he is clueless!!! I want him to share the same joy and excitement I feel...

I am totally in love with gardening and I have started working on my breakfast table in the balcony adjoining the bedroom. With spring in full bloom, there are lovely flowers and little saplings available everywhere in the market. ( will post pics soon when it is ready!)

Everytime, S and I go to the market, we come back with plants. S groans and runs in the opposite direction! Another addition to my obsession for cushion covers, clothes and wind chimes!!!

10 comments:

here it is!!!! said...

I am on the same boat too. Last year I reaped wonderful tomatoes, this year I have put Lady's Finger, tomatoes, and always mint :)

Pretty Woman said...

Wow! that's soooo cool :-) I can't find okra here which I love... though I have coriander on my kitchen window! :D

here it is!!!! said...

maybe you order seeds from USA?
If I come to Paris, I will get you

Pretty Woman said...

Hey thanks so much for offering! I found okra today!! :D

here it is!!!! said...

do they call it Okra in India too nowadays or just France?

here it is!!!! said...

you should try grapes in a large pot, you are in France, wine capital of the planet :)
I am so tempted to come stay with you.

Pretty Woman said...

I guess, only in France! India, its good ol Bhindi or vendakkai...depending on the region! You are welcome, except I don't drink! :-)

homecooked said...

Wow....when do we get to see the fruits of your labour :)

Pretty Woman said...

homecooked,

Pretty soon... I promise! :-)

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